As every parent knows, toddlers are tempestuous little creatures -- and if you've got one, then temper tantrums are definitely a part of your life. But do they have to be?
"The truth is, you can't prevent tantrums all the time," Seattle-based pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, tells CafeMom. "There's a lack of communication skills, and toddlers can't always get out what they have in their minds." The resulting frustration, as you're no doubt aware, tends to manifest in everything from screaming to kicking to lots and lots of tears. But there are definitely ways you can stop some of your child's temper tantrums before they even start.
Here are some ways to manage your toddler's ever-changing moods (and maintain your own sanity in the process!).